Magnum Opus

2/F Prime Bldg., 115 Aguirre Ave., Parañaque, Metro Manila

Magnum Opus
4.4
4.5 Stars

137 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 74
  • 4 stars 43
  • 3 stars 18
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 1
  • 169 Reviews
  • 441 Recommend
  • 137 Reviewers
Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:30a - 11:00p
Phone
+639178173697

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:30a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 4:30p - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:30a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:30a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:30a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:30a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:30a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars
4

We were in Parañaque and figured we should go ahead and find a cool cafe to check out because it's not like we go to the South that often. We found Magnum Opus, which name alone already passed the "cool" criteria. It was on the second so up we went and found a cafe that looks like something a hipster would own if he/she lived in the late 80s. It is indeed cool vintage stuff, old records, decors, books, and a vacuum tube modifier which I zero what the purpose of (just took a picture because it's strange).

And then we ordered our drinks. Even the name of their drinks had to be different. Like Belgian Heartbreak (PHP 175), which is basically espresso, milk, and chocolate. There is also one called Chilled Heartbreak. I'm single yes but not heartbroken so I ordered Bicerin (PHP185) instead 128514. And I don't know why it's called Bicerin, but if I'm being honest I did order it because of the name. What it is really is espresso half and half and chocolate.

And it was served in wine glass. Yes, a wine glass, because you know Bicerin is not hipster enough so to complete the effect it should be served in a wine glass 128514.

How did it taste like? Like I needed to be awake but I really want chocolate so I made Bicerin.

I'd love to go back to this cafe when there is light, they have seats in the balcony but because it was dark, it wasn't ideal to take photos.

But yeah, it's a really nice find. One of the coolest cafes I'd been.

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Christina R.
4.0 Stars
2

Since I'm not much of a coffee drinker, it would be unfair for me to judge them on their coffee.

This is a really small space at the 2nd floor of a small complex. It felt a bit tight for me, and sana they had bigger windows like most coffee places. It was much raved about by the foodies I was with. I think I got a hot chocolate, forgot what it was called. It was just ok for me. Not as rich and decadent as I expected, to justify the cost of my drink.

But since everyone I was with seemed to like this place, I'm giving you a 4 instead of a 3.

This is on the 2nd floor with no elevator / PWD friendly access.

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Abe C.
4.0 Stars
3

On my very first trip to Aguirre, I wanted to try the top rated places. After having lunch in Sensei Sushi, Magnum Opus is the coffee place to go. So off we went after lunch to find Prime Building. Located at a stoplight intersection of Aguirre and Elizalde, there is sufficient parking for maybe 10 cars, a luxury in Aguirre. It's located at the 2nd floor, and inside is a quaintly decorated store, with books, and other decorative items. It's seen better days, as I understand that this has been here a number of years. Different wooden furniture adorn Magnum Opus, and also a coffee bar set up in front of the baristas.

This fits with the 3rd wave coffee concept, hence the best selling drink, Belgian Heartbreaker, comes highly recommended from many reviews I've read and from my friends who have been here. I ordered this for my post lunch drink. Described as their own take on a classic mocha--- 60°C milk blended with a 60% Belgian chocolate ganache, poured over Espresso in a 9oz glass. I certainly tasted the Belgian chocolate! I'm not a mocha expert but I liked what I tasted. And it was easy to drink since it wasn't uber hot. The richness of the Belgian chocolate blended well with the milk and Espresso. I'm sure it's a big hit with mocha lovers. Gladly, it wasn't overly sweet as well. At P175, this doesn't come cheap. But I was satisfied. 4/5

For dessert, we picked their Bread and Butter Pudding (P160) - heated well, a bit crunchy pecan and walnut crust on the top and not your usual super moist pudding (though this one is not dry at all which is good), and served with vanilla ala mode and topped with brandy sauce... It's a drier take on pudding, but no less satisfying. 4/5
They still have lemon custard, NY cheesecake and Wafflegato among dessert choices, perhaps for other people to consider. I've read that the Wafflegato is good, though I'd prefer the pudding or the custard first, but it's a personal preference at this point.

I noticed their cool tip jar, aka vacation trip for the baristas. Interestingly enough, there's wads of faux dollars in a Flirt Jar beside the tip jar. According to the barista, she said it allows the guests to flirt with them. Haha. I didn't want to try this. I didn't have dollars plus I was with the wife. #behavedhubby

Anyway, I can see why this place remains popular. It was full of neighborhood people when we arrived, but we didn't have a hard time sitting down. Turnover seemed good, too. I didn't get to check if they have WiFi here, though I think so. My wife and I did battle with the Pokémon gym outside using our own data. Haha.

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Chachi L.
5.0 Stars
5

It was a fine Sunday afternoon in the South when I tried to go back to Magnum Opus while I was waiting for my dog to finish from her grooming session. I tried their Ice Black coffee which was made up of Drip Coffee and Ice. The coffee was not too strong and is cold enough for a refreshing drink in the afternoon.

The coffee shop is located at the 2nd floor of the building across "Tarlac Rice" landmark in BF. They have an indoor and outdoor sitting area where you can enjoy ypur coffee. I suggest to try sitting outside, so that you can sit on the wooden benches while enjoying the view of the busy Aguirre st. in a balcony-like setting.

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Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars
6

My college friends and I have been planning to visit Aguirre for the longest time but it always get cancelled, moved or totally changed to another location. But it finally happened! Today is an Aguirre food trip. Yay!

Out first stop was Bread and Botany but it didn't leave much of an impression. And honestly, I was disappointed. The only good thing I got from it was that it is beside Magnum Opus, a well-loved coffee shop along the popular food street.

Hello, Magnum Opus!

I went straight to the menu as soon as I set foot inside. Well, the place is pretty small too so you'll hit the counter as soon as you open the door.

I went with the famous Belgian Heartbreaker (PHP175) as I have been reading and hearing a lot of good reviews about it so I was excited with my cup.

Service was prompt and I got my cup in less than 5 minutes.

I was surprised that it was served on a 9 ounce glass without handle. "How will I hold it?" Or so what I thought. But it was lukewarm. And I doubt that it was because I took a few snapshots of it. It was less than a minute.

I took the first sip and... it was okay. The Belgian chocolate taste was evident but not too strong. It wasn't as sweet as I thought as it had espresso in it. The sweetness of the chocolate ganache, creaminess of milk and bitterness of the energy booster went well together. Overall, it was good, but not as spectacular as I thought. I blame myself from expecting too much from a cup of hot chocolate.

Would I go back? I would but I wouldn't expect much next time to avoid a foodie heartbreak.

But plus points for WI-FI and for issuing official receipts. The place is also very casual, perfect for catching up with friends.

Note: This is my first time to do a real time review. 128517

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Earl Davis T.
4.0 Stars

Our 2nd stop to today's BF food trip. It's our break after Bread and Botany.

Ambience: like our first stop, the place is pretty open as well. A bit worn out but it gives off a relaxing vibe.

Service: The service is quick and the staff is accommodating.

Drink: Chilled Hot Belgian (P150). One word: Chocolate-y!

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AAA M.
4.0 Stars

Good bread, cheese is ok and decent, ratio is a bit off but I would say They've got delish grilled cheese sandwich but the tomato sauce is too small. It's too bad as it was really tasty!!! They better see that that cute little spoon cost them a star. Lol.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars

Before we go to Alabang, last BF stop was here.

Belgian Heartbreaker for everyone, please? 974910084

Belgian Heartbreaker will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Ony and I first tried this last last year and fell in love right away with it's yummy "heartbreaking" goodness. This will always be included in our must try places in BF and if you love coffee, you HAVE to try this. You really have to. 128521128077🏼

And yay because my friends enjoyed this. 127881127881 If you are not into coffee, the hot chocolate is actually good. Or try the chilled or iced version. 128513

4 stars only because the place was too crowded that time. And the staffs weren't that nice. 128530

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars

Usually, we would go here for their coffee.. For the Belgian Heartbreaker. Or sometimes, the hot chocolate drink. Just for the drinks.bBut it was only just recently that I found out that they also sell Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

By now, we already know how good the coffee are in Magnum Opus. If you still haven't tried it yet, you MUST TRY THEM SOON. Get the Belgian Heartbreaker because it will break your heart in a very good and yummy way. 128521

But again, we went here specifically for the grilled cheese sandwich. One Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich (220), please? 128513

Hmm, it was just okay. Would have been so much better if it was still hot when served to us and if there were more cheese or thicker cheese slices. It felt and tasted kulang kasi. But with the tomato sauce, it was good. 128513 Just not the best grilled cheese sandwich. 128517

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

When there's a friend visiting BF Homes for the 1st time, Magnum Opus is always the go to coffee place. This is like a tourist spot since they always request me to bring them here.
This small coffee shop is one of the best 3rd wave coffee shop in Manila. My friend tried out one of their seller the Belgian Heartbreaker. A delicious chocolatey coffee drink. I went for the caffeine free version of this. The Hot Belgian chocolate. Same delicious drink minus the caffeine. 9786128076

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Mico C.
4.0 Stars

It’s been a while since my last visit to Magnum Opus. I love their coffee and their light meals, but dread the limited parking space. Whenever I peek at their parking from the intersection along Aguirre st. and find no available slots, I usually choose another café. Although, admittedly I really like their menu items.

Luckily, I was able to go back here because my friend wanted me to help her prepare for an upcoming math test. I seldom say no to these opportunities, and so I left work early to meet up with her here. I was really looking forward to our session because of two things: (1) math is cool! And (2) couldn’t wait to get a Belgian heartbreak and an insane Monte Cristo, my two favorite orders. Unfortunately, since I was offering my services for free, she insisted that she pay for dinner. Since I was feeling a bit shy, I told her that I was already full and just needed a flat white which was one of the cheapest items on the menu for 150 Php. It turned out to be one of the best flat whites I’ve ever tasted. If you need more proof of their quality coffee standard, just look around the shop and study the numerous awards they’ve received with their coffee.

It’s an average study place. The desks may be a bit small for a lot of books but would be just right for one laptop and a notebook. They have outlets available as well. Similar to their parking though, space in the shop could be a bit challenging especially if it’s a busy night. I don’t find their open roof deck location conducive for studying. Only the indoor area makes sense for business meetings and study sessions.

That’s it for now. Take care everyone.

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Jayson J.
4.0 Stars
6

Here's a good coffee place at BF Homes. It is located on the second floor. Wifi is very reliable. Parking space allows you around 12 cars. Very good pick again Dennis O and Elaine O thanks for this. It is open until 11pm but yen the servers were so accommodating they waited for us until around 11459786

It was not that big it can only accommodate i think around 15-20 pax--inside. But outside is really spacious. Additional 15 pax. But we love the the ambiance inside. We were suppose to stay at botany but then just decided to stay.

128204128525 becerin
It's a mocha variation. It's served in a plastic wine glass so it kinda looks alcoholic, i love the taste. Good latteart on this one I like the bitter dark taste of tye chocolate. I suggest you mix it cause the chocolate tableas kinda stays at the bottom of the goblet.

128204128525 lemon custard
That first picture is soo delicious. Refreshing cause its sour. It's a soft as a custard, the blueberry compote in it does not seem like to be canned. The small amount of sea salt chocolate ganache really makes the contrast if you want another taste.

128204 new york cheesecake
I could have appreciated this one more if i have tasted this one first but i think this is better than what Starbucks have.

128204 Wafflegatto us also available!!

Coffee did not have that effect in me that night (maybe it's because it has more chocolate?)
The CR is outside. It was quite weird the temperature inside was like sauna temperature... Pagpapawisan ka if you do #2. Lol. It was a good fun night 128540

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Nicole S.
4.0 Stars

Chilled Heartbreak was the perfect balance of coffee, milk, and chocolate

Take one sip and you might just end up finishing the whole glass

A bit pricey though so I might reserve it only for special occasions

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars

Still the best coffee place for me when it comes to the south metro. Got my caffeine boost here and this time I got the Bicerin. Its a mix of their belgiam heartbreaker and piccolo mocha. Love it! 128525

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Chessie T.
5.0 Stars

The Heartbreaker coffee alone is enough to make me a fan. I LOVE their coffee here. It's perfect. I love the Heartbreaker so much I drank it on Valentine's and it made my heart even more whole hahaha!

Also tried their grilled cheese. Yummy!!10084️ Almost perfect--seems the star of this grilled cheese is more on the herbed bread that they cooked like French toast (I love French toast) but the cheese falls a little short--needs a little more sharpness. Still, cheese is generous and I love the blue berry jam they serve the sandwich with. Crave worthy.

I'll be back again for sure!

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars

I've been coming back more regularly ever since I got wind that they did a slight rebranding of their food menu. These guys and gals can definitely make grilled cheese sandwiches! If you've seen their instagram and how good and gooey and oozing with cheese their sandwiches look... trust me, you won't be disappointed when trying the real thing! Their Insane Monte Cristo is insaaaanely good as well as their Caprese sandwich!

Grilled cheese paired with awesome coffee? Never fails!

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Eboy F.
5.0 Stars

It’s been such a long time since the last time I was here. If only this place was close to where I live now, I’d be hanging here every single day. There is a serious lack of coffee places here in Manila!

Anyway, I was very lucky to be given a short course on coffee (and how precious each drop is) when I was here. Turns out that my brother’s friend is also a friend of the owner so… lucky me! The owner was very, very nice. He sampled so many rare coffees for us during his demo and it’s fantastic. Still not a coffee lover though (because I palpitate quickly... no one's fault haha) but I swear I tasted here the most amazing shot of coffee in my entire existence. Forgive me for forgetting its name but it was the best. It has all these notes that just left me speechless. So good. It's from Jamaica I think? It tasted like flowers!

One of their menu's stand-outs is the Monte Cristo (see picture). It went so perfectly with the Flat White coffee I got. The Monte Cristo has two pieces of French toast (!!!) filled with smoked ham and cheese (OMFG), then topped with their homemade cherry jam. (faints) Seriously, describing it almost made me faint. Hahaha! The combination of flavors will make your taste buds cry with happiness — it’s so delicious and beautiful to look at!

Magnum Opus is such a gem. I never thought a small place like this can burst with so much flavors and knowledge about the often-taken-for-granted cup of coffee. There's so much more to discover with this place so do yourself a favor and give this place a visit. Getting lost will be so worth it.

Additional tips:

1. If you plan on going here, prepare to get a little lost so make sure to look it up and keep your maps with you.

2. You should also try their Wafflegato — it’s vanilla iced cream impaled with a crispy butter waffle then shot with double espresso. It’s like two in one punch in your tastebuds. It’s also really good.

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Will C.
5.0 Stars

This drink is worth the travel. Belgian chocolate coffee. Aka Heartbreak. 128513

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Jacqui T.
5.0 Stars

I suddenly missed the place.

The crowded tiny place.

I missed the coffee.

The Belgian Heartbreaker that I’ve tasted before.

Their signature chocolaty, sweet and bitter coffee that we all love.

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Odell R.
5.0 Stars

A specialty coffee shop that’s very popular among the locals that live nearby.

Unfortunately, I’m not a local and had a hard time finding it.

Pro tip: Look up.

They’re located at the intersection of Elizalde and Aguirre Ave.

You’ll see a white building called “The Prime.” They’re on the second floor. If you’re looking up, you’ll see their sign.

Like other (awesome!) looloo reviewers, I tried their Belgian Heartbreaker.

It is their version of a mocha espresso. Unlike the bigger coffee chains who usually use chocolate syrup that’s pumped from a plastic bottle, Magnum Opus uses dark Belgian chocolate and freshly melts it in your drink!

I think you’ll taste the difference between their version versus the one from places that rhyme with ducks or jean. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you sit at the counter, there’s a jar that says something like “Get Hit On.” (I can’t remember the exact copy.)

If I drop some cash in the jar, does that mean I hit on the barista or the barista hits on me?

Unsure, I asked the baristas.

You’ll have to visit this place and find out the answer for yourself. 128526

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